By Chief Spy Reporter
The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Beti Kamya, has ordered the interdiction of Uganda Land Commission (ULC) chairperson Beatrice Byenkya.
In her letter dated November 18, 2021, to lands minister Judith Nabakooba, Kamya said preliminary investigations into the management of ULC provide sufficient grounds for her to continue with the investigations to their logical conclusion.
“It is, therefore, necessary that Byenkya steps aside so that she is not able to interfere with the investigations,” Kamya told Nabakooba.
“Besides, public interest demands that a public officer under investigation for abuse of office be interdicted from exercising powers and functions of her/his office for fear that s/he might interfere with investigations,” Kamya, who is Nabakooba’s immediate predecessor, wrote.
IGG’s decision is in line with Nabakooba’s earlier recommendation.
Directed: Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba
In her letter dated October 28, 2021, Nabakooba had instructed Byenkya and the commissioners to step aside for two months to pave the way for the investigations into alleged cases of abuse and misuse of commission resources.
She also asked Auditor General to carry out a forensic audit of all key transactions by the commission and also requested the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Kamya, to carry out an investigation into alleged cases of abuse and misuse of commission resources.
“The findings of the reports will guide the process of restoring order and normal functioning of the commission,” Nabakooba said in an October 1, 2021 letter to President Yoweri Museveni, adding that she had temporarily decided to manage ULC in order to establish the true genesis of the problems that beset it.
She also informed Museveni that a few days earlier, Byenkya had ordered an institution inquiry into suspected activities of corruption and abuse involving some of the commission staff.
The said officials were supposed to hand over office to State Minister for Lands, Dr Sam Mayanja by November 12, 2021.
Besides Byenkya, the commissioners Nabakooba directed in an October 28 letter to step aside included Richard Muhoozi, Prof. Nyeko PenMogi, Asuman Kyafu, Rukika Bujara and the commission secretary Barbarah Imaryo.
According to Kamya’s directive contained in a letter dated November 18, 2021, Nabakooba is expected to interdict Byenkya.
“You are therefore, directed/ordered, as the Supervising Minister, to interdict or cvause the interdiction of Hon. Beatrice Byenkya from her duties as Chairperson of Uganda Land Commission with immediate effect,” Kamya wrote.